Wood, bone, silver, brass, steel
Overall: 36 x 6 x 1 1/4 in. ( 91.4 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm )
engraved: on plaque: "Presented to/ Hon. Wm Sulzer/ BY/ CHARLOTTE SMITH/ on behalf of the Womans' Industrial League/ made from part of floor/ East Room, White House"
Cane with tapered wooden shaft; L-shaped bone handle with silver collar; brass ferrule; plaque with inscription attached to shaft.
According to accession records, this cane was made from White House floor boards for the Hon. William Sulzer. William Sulzer (1863-1941), nicknamed "Plain Bill", was the 39th governor of New York and a long-serving congressman for the state (1895-1912). In Congress, he was known as a Populist. Sulzer was elected governor in 1912 with the support of William Jennings Bryan, William Randolph Hearst, and Woodrow Wison, as well as the reform and Tammany factions of the state Democratic Party. He was the first and only New York State Governor to be impeached.
Gift of Mrs. William Sulzer
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